Cheap, great laptop recommendations?
August 12, 2013 5:04 PM Subscribe
I really need a cheap, new-ish laptop to make my Youtube cartoons. I have very little to spend, so I'm hoping you smart folks on the TG Comics board have some suggestions.
posted by Ursula Hitler to computers & internet (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've been making a Youtube cartoon series for a few years using Xtranormal, and I had to stop because the Xtranormal company shut down. If I'm going to keep making cartoons, I need to switch to a new software... and if I'm going to switch to a new software, I'll need to get a better laptop than my trusty but rusty old Lenovo.
I have very little to spend, but I have about 200 bucks in Amazon gift cards. (My birthday and Christmas are close together, and this year almost everybody I know gave me a gift card for both. Yay!) I can spend 100 to (maybe) 200, beyond that.
I've gotten interested in the possibilities of Muvizu, and they say you need the following system requirements:
Windows XP or newer.
2.4 GHz processor
Graphics card with “Shader model 3”
2.3 GB of free hard disk space
I'm trying to find the best laptop for video-making/cartoons, in my price range of 200-375 or so. I really want to exceed 2.4 GHZ, if I can. A lot of the laptops I find in my price range fall short of 2.4 GHZ, but to be honest I'm not too sure how the decimal points work, here. If I see a laptop that says it has 2.13 GHZ, that's more than 2.4, right? (I agree with Barbie: "Math is hard!")
Refurbished is fine, as long as it's from a reliable seller (ideally somebody offering returns if the computer craps out in 3 weeks.) It doesn't have to be super-new, but I'd prefer something newer than 2010 or so. I know I could get more bang for the buck with a desktop, but I need a laptop. I am probably going to use this sucker for years, so a good, reliable brand would be essential.
Here are a couple of laptops I've been looking at, to give you some ideas:
Anybody got any opinions? Suggestions? Anything?